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Slovakia expels Russian diplomat, says Prime Minister

December 05, 13:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian Embassy declined to comment on the situation

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Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini

Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini

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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. Slovakia has expelled a Russian diplomat, Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini told reporters on Wednesday.

"Based on data provided by military intelligence, the diplomat, who worked for the mission’s military attachй, was expelled on November 22, 2018. He was declared persona non grata for engaging in intelligence activities against Slovakia and NATO," Pellegrini stated.

The Russian diplomat left Slovakia within 48 hours after having been declared persona non grata.

"We have established standard relations with Russia," the Prime Minister added, pointing out that Slovakia strictly abides by its commitments to NATO and the EU.

The Russian Embassy declined to comment on Pellegrini’s statements.

"The Embassy doesn’t comment on this information," Vladislav Kulikov, a spokesman for the Russian mission in Slovakia, told TASS.

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